Latest posts by Palaisglide

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 11:16

Stockton on Tees, a gentle rain not much breeze and warm at 6 C. Looks as if it is set for the day.


Garden lawn

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 10:46

Domestic garden lawns are a boon to busy families, a place of safety, you know where they children are and they cannot hurt themselves on a soft grassy lawn, I have two one for the youngest children that the dogs never get onto and one that lets the dogs run too (visitors dogs). Having helped maintain a bowling green for many years (Voluntary as were all the helpers) and being treasurer of the Bowls Club I do Know the cost of maintaining one and the amount of work involved. The normal urban garden lawn can never reach the high level of a bowling green and most people never expect it too, plenty of food can be grown as well as a small lawn or even small patches of grass that are restful to the eye.

Most Bowling greens are started on a rubble bed for drainage and then built up with top soil, compost and then a sand and compost mix then the correct grass seed mix. Each year we had to put down a special top soil dressing mix costing hundreds of pounds and then the weeding and other maintenance that all costs money including the various machines you must have.

In my opinion a lawn is better than masses of wood planking as in instant garden make overs and lets face it the garden whether grass or boarded out or even full of plants bushes or trees is only used for recreation in our hit and miss summers. So each to their own after all a garden is built in our own image for us as we wish to use it. My advice is use the toughest grass seed, feed and weed twice a year, never walk on it when wet and do not expect it to look like the local Bowling Green, it never will.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 09:39

Stockton on Tees sunshine and warmer, no breeze to talk of, if it was windy during the night I missed it. We will see what the rest of the day brings.


Dismantling Christmas

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 09:35

Love sprouts, halved lightly steamed butter salt and pepper would have them with every meal. The trees (two of them) went back in the boxes Monday and I ask why do they never fit back fully, there is always a bit stuck out. Cards go out after my Daughter opened a bedside cupboard and many years cards fell out, they were black bagged and disposed off. The extension lead and decorations now go in there with room for my Birthday cards (do not tell Daughter).

Had a house full yesterday including George one and a half years old, he had all the old toys out and loved it then went to sleep standing up with his head on my knee, that is what Christmas is about the future. My written promise is to get that Telegram from the Queen, a few years to go and it could well be King Charles, I thought that was a Spaniel? We should have Robot Gardeners, automatic double diggers, Lawn flatteners and weed zappers, what will there be for us old hands to do I ask.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/01/2018 at 09:20

Stockton has a frost down today complete with a Sea Mist so the trees look a bit like Christmas. Me thinks it a Ganzi day as I have to turn the heating down for my cleaning Lady Joanne. She walks in strips down and says "how can you stand the heat" it will have been off since I got up and my toes will be turning blue?


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/01/2018 at 09:44

Stockton, its doing nothing really a bit dull then the sun is struggling to come out as I write. Funny I went to bed in 2017 and woke up in 2018? what happened? Whoops the sun definitely making an appearance.

Happy New Year Kitty 2 and to all the weather watchers, May all your gardens Bloom.


Last edited: 01 January 2018 09:45:30


Posted: 31/12/2017 at 11:18

My Father grew tomato's all his life in ordinary garden soil, he would mix in some of the Compost from the midden mainly horse manure and straw rotted down well. I have also grown tomato's all my life using bought compost mixed with my own compost and never equalled the harvest Dad used to get.

My best results are with bottomless pots on a gravel bed which I keep damp at all times, tomato's send down tap roots into the gravel and the damp air rising from the gravel during the heat of day appears to help. I never mixed grit of any kind in the potting mix but do start by half filling the pots then topping up with more compost every couple of weeks once the first fruit is set, it works for me.


Garden lawn

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 11:06

The first lawn I ever saw laid was two lady gardeners in a new house. The asked my Father to deliver brick rubble with his truck and this was put down as a base for drainage. This covered in soil then compost mixed with sand and the grass sown, they kept that lawn pristine for many years but then they had no children.

My lawns for years were playgrounds for children then Grandchildren, I kept them tidy which is all you can do and I always knew where the children were plus others from round about. Now I have two lovely lawns, the occasional Great Grandchild the odd dogs they bring not enough to spoil anything. and at the moment they are wet after the snow melted and will be wet, damp until spring.

The moral being children dogs and lawns do not mix well in winter, leave them alone do not even walk on them yourself as they will be damp and every footfall will leave a delve in the lawn. In the spring work on the lawn first cut always with the blade high and never cut shorter than on inch of grass, bear with it until the children stop playing on it and end up laying on sun beds with phones glued to their ears talking  nonsense to their peers, you will wish they were playing again. Good luck.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 09:50

Stockton has lost it's coat of white, it all disappeared overnight, so on this last day of the year, the lawns are green the roads are cleared. I will wish you all as the sun tries to shine, a Great New Year a happy time, May your Gardens fulfil  your wishes, I send you all goodwill and kisses.

"Err" the last bit only for the girls.


Please do this!

Posted: 30/12/2017 at 11:06

Madpenquin, I would have put all the meaty bones and left overs in a pan of cold water with all the veg left and made a stock by slow cooking it, (sling it all in and forget it on simmer for a few hours) then froze the stock. That can be done in small bags when cool and you make soup with the stock as a base, did it for years and now Daughters do the same. Add herbs to taste.


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